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Sales begin in December for Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan built for the Police force

Ford has just stepped up its game by electrifying its models for the police, fire and government market. This special edition model of the Fusion Energi, which is officially known as the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. Though this model was not made for pursuits, the four-door vehicle can cover as far as 500 miles (805 kilometers), including 21 miles (34 kilometers) that’s propelled by electric power alone.

According to Ford, they believe that this sort of setup is perfect for officials like detectives, police and fire chiefs. This model will be up for grabs starting December this year, but deliveries will not begin until summer 2018.

What powers the Special Service Plug-in Hybrid is the same battery that they use in the Standard Fusion Energi, and that is a 7.6 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery that can be charged on a level-two 240 volt charger in just two and a half hours, or a conventional 110 volt outlet for 7 hours.

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Ford C-Max Energi discontinued, C-Max Hybrid to continue assembly until mid-2018

Green Car Reports recently reported that Ford North America has just stopped producing its C-Max Energi. While speaking with Dan Jones, Ford North America’s Communications Mgr., it has been confirmed that the electric version of the C-Max has bowed out of the assembly lines while its hybrid version is expected to come next in the following year.

The recent decision could be due to the C-Max series’ unfulfilled sales expectations. Ford has only delivered a total of 40,690 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids from October 2012 up to the end of October this year. For a while now, it has also been wildly anticipated that Ford will soon be replacing it with some new models. Given that the company has just started testing its new Ford Escape Energi plugins as well as the expected arrival of the new Ford Focus Energi, the C-Max Energi’s production course has inevitably ended.

For one, The C-Max Energi has never been as popular in the US market. Despite selling a total of 2,374 units in 2012 followed by 7,154 in 2013 and 8,433 in 2014, the sales volume never really took off as much as the Tesla Model S or Nissan LEAF or Toyota Prius or even Chevy’s Volt and Bolt EVs. Even so, Ford has sold as many as 7,591 C-Max plugins in 2015, 7,957 in 2016 and 7,181 in 2017 and has stayed consistently among the top ten hybrid models in the country. Ford only has one remaining plug-in hybrid model under its portfolio and that is the Ford Fusion Energi with the same powertrain.

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2014 CES: Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept lets the sunshine in

Ford Motor Company announced today that at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) it will present the C-Max Solar Energi Concept, a sun-powered vehicle that has a potential to deliver the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel. So, what’s the catch? Well, instead of powering its battery from an electrical outlet, the C-Max Solar Energi Concept uses a special concentrator that acts like a magnifying glass, directing intense rays to solar panels on the vehicle roof.

The new concept car is a collaborative project of Ford, SunPower and Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology. SunPower has been Ford’s solar technology partner since 2011.

If SunPower provided the high-efficienty solar cells for the roof of the C-Max Solar Energi Concept, the researchers from Gergia Institute of Technology developed an off-vehicle solar concentrator that uses a special Fresnel lens to direct sunlight to the solar cells while boosting the impact of the sunlight by a factor of eight.

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Ford and Coca-Cola team up to use PlantBottle Technology on Fusion Energi interior

Ford Motor Co. and Coca-Cola Co. are collaborating to outfit a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan with fabric made of the same plant-based and renewable material found in the beverage maker’s bottles. Using Coca-Cola’s technology, Ford managed to create the first-ever automotive fabrics that are made of 30 percent plant material.

The new fabric was used on the seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners. This will be the first time that the material is used for purposes other than packaging. Coca-Cola introduced the trademarked PlantBottle Technology to market in 2009, making the beverage firm the first to produce a bottle partially made up of plant materials.

This technology replaced polyethylene terephthalate, which a petroleum-based polymer used in plastic bottles as well as fabrics and carpets.

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Ford said that the 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid electric sedan is capable of travelling 21 miles on electric-only power and could achieve 620 miles on a full charge and full tank of gas, comparable to what a diesel engine can achieve. Ford has been slowly releasing information about the PHEV. So far, we know that the Fusion Energi has a rating of 100 MPGe combined, making it superior to both the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In.

However, it’s below the 115-MPGe Honda Accord Plug-In. The Fusion Energi offers 21 miles of battery-boosted power, making it better than all of its competitors except the Volt.

The Volt is rated for 38 miles of electric power. But the Fusion, as well as its C-Max Energi mechanical twin, has a 620-mile range on a full battery and tank of gas. This figure means that it can go 46 miles farther than the Accord, which has a rating of 574 miles. Of the plug-ins, the Fusion is the most powerful, producing 195 hp compared to the Volt’s output of 150 hp and the Pruis’ 134hp.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid to return up to 108 MPGe. This makes the recently voted Green Car of the Year as the most fuel-efficient sedan in the U.S. Ford is relying on the Fusion Energi, its fifth electrified vehicle to have its launch in the past year, to hasten the automaker’s record-breaking hybrid sales rate.

In fact, Ford had its highest monthly hybrid sales month ever last November. Ford believes that there will be a higher demand for its frugal models. J.D. Power currently considers Ford to be No. 1 in fuel economy customer satisfaction. It now surpasses Toyota in terms of efficiency in every segment where their cars are in rivalry. In addition, the EPA has certified Fusion Energi to produce up to 92 MPGe highway and a combined 100 MPGe.

These mean that customers could save about $6,850 in fuel costs compared with an average new car in over five years. Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, said that the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is the “exclamation point” for Ford’s altered lineup of fuel-efficiency topnotchers that now exceeds Toyota across the board. Fusion Energi now offers additional value with its advanced technologies that are meant to help attract novice and pro hybrid owners.

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General Electric Co. will acquire 2,000 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles from Ford Motor Co. for its corporate fleet. As part of the agreement for the C-Max Energi vehicles, Ford disclosed it would jointly market GE's alternative fuel infrastructure technology, including natural gas fueling stations charging stations, to its commercial consumers.

The agreement with GE represents Ford's biggest plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale to date. GE has set a target to convert half of its global fleet to alternative fuel vehicles. Following the purchase of 2,000 Ford C-Max Energis from Ford, GE’s alternative fuel vehicles now numbers more than 5,000, which is still a long way before GE could reach its target of 25,000 units.

In May 2012, GE chief executive Jeff Immelt said people might be disappointed in the adoption rate of electric vehicles, noting that his company would continue to invest in battery technology to underscore its confidence in them. Electric vehicles typically have an expensive battery and usually cost more than a standard vehicle of similar size.

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The fuel economy war between carmakers Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. is heating up, especially after the US carmaker disclosed the certification issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency on its 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Ford revealed this week that the C-Max Energi has been certified by the EPA to able to cruise up to 620 miles on a single charge and a tank of gasoline.

This means that C-Max Energi outranges its closest rivals, the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid (540 miles) and the 2013 Chevrolet Volt (380 miles). However, it should be noted that C-Max Energi has a larger fuel tank than the Prius plug-in hybrid and Volt.

To note C-Max Energi’s advantage over its rivals, Ford said its vehicle could travel up to 21 miles in all-electric, and has an EPA-certified equivalent of 100 mpg in combined city and highway driving. In comparison, the Prius plug-in and the Volt have mpg ratings of 95 mpg-e combined and 98 mpg-e combined respectively.

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Ford’s 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid has higher EPA efficiency ratings with 100 mpge combined than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid with 95 mpge. The mpge metric used by the EPA stands for miles per gallon equivalent to compare the efficiency of traditional gasoline vehicles and plug-in electric models.

On just electric power, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi can be driven for approximately 20 miles at speeds up to 85 mph. As soon as the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery runs out, a 141-hp 2.0-liter inline-four engine kicks in so that the C-Max Energi could be driven as a traditional hybrid. The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi’s EPA rating means that it is more energy efficient than majority of plug-in hybrids on the market.

These are the ratings of other models in this segment: Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid (95 mpge combined); Chevrolet Volt (94 mpge); Fisker Karma (54 mpge in EPA testing); and Honda (which claims that its 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid has at least 100 mpge). Furthermore, Ford said that its C-Max Energi will return 108 mpge in city driving and it will offer an overall driving range of 550 miles on a fully charged battery and full tank of gasoline.

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Ford’s C-Max Energi, the company’s first production plug-in hybrid, will start selling this fall as the cheapest model within the segment. The C-Max Energi is priced from $33,745 (before accounting for a $3,750 federal tax credit). This is Ford’s first entry in the plug-in segment. It has the edge in terms of price and would be an alternative to cars such as the Prius plug-in hybrid.

It comes with features that the Prius doesn’t have such as a hands-free lift gate and active park assist. The C-Max Energi has a purely electric 20-mile range and it’s claimed to return 47 mpg in the city. All of these point to a model that’s certain to succeed. But then, the Prius is popular for its fuel efficiency.

Another rival, the Chevrolet Volt, hasn’t had such an easy initial year because of its high cost and the bad press reviews. It appeared that consumers aren’t too welcoming to an unfamiliar car.

Read the entire article 2013 Ford C-Max Energi gets a price tag, wants to take on the Toyota Prius

Set to arrive soon in the U.S. market is Ford’s C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, which is expected to run on 20 miles on purely electricity. Ford said that it has a 550-mile overall range, which gives it the only hybrid that could be driven from Sacramento to San Diego with just one tank of fuel. Ford claims that the C-MAX Energi can achieve a 95 MPGe combined rating.

It has a starting price of $25,995, undercutting the Prius V (its biggest rival) by $1,300. It is powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, which when combined with a battery-driven electric motor, gives the car 188hp. This makes it boast of 50p more than the Prius plug-in hybrid. In Europe, over 144,000 C-MAX (both gas and diesel powered) have been sold.

The model has been available there since 2010. Kevin Layden, the director of Ford electrification programs and engineering, said that C-MAX Energi doesn’t only offer leading efficiency. It also offers more power and features class-exclusive technologies like the hands-free liftgate and active park assist that makes parallel parking easier.

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Besides the 2013 Fusion and the 2013 Fusion Hybrid, Ford also introduced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show the 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that aims to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Set to make its debut this fall, the 2013 Fusion Energi is expected to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles.

This means that the car will be able to outperform the Chevrolet Volt with 8 MPGe and with 13 MPG3 the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model. Moreover, the new Fusion will also receive an updated interior with improved materials, elevated levels of craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi models will be equipped with active noise control, a feature that uses the audio system to mitigate extraneous road noise while enhancing powertrain sounds.

In terms of safety, the new Fusion was designed with customer safety in mind and engineers increased its body strength by 10 percent, using more high-strength steels such as boron, and added dual first-row knee airbags and adaptive front airbags that vent and tether to conform to a specific occupant’s size, position and seatbelt usage.

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As you may know already, on Friday, Ford introduced the all-new 2012 Focus Electric Car at the 2011 CES, but things didn’t stop here as the American manufacturer also introduced today at the 2011 North American International Auto Show the Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid models.

Based on the 2012 Ford C-MAX, the new models will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich while the European debut will be made in 2013.

The new C-MAX Energi promises to provide provides maximum fuel efficiency by pairing a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric traction motor with a high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. According to Ford, the car will offer a range of more than 500 miles (800 kilometers), which means a better charge-sustaining fuel economy than Chevrolet Volt.

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